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Poster: adks12020 Date: Jul 7, 2011 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Phil and Bobby?

I don't listen very much from the 90s but I it seems to me like they we all gettting pretty bored with it by then. I mean, look at the setlists. They always played covers but by the 90s they played shows that were 50/50 covers to originals sometimes. They weren't writing very many new songs. They had lost 2 great keyboard players and the new ones in the 90s were not a good fit. Add to that the fact that they were touring with the same band for 30+ years and I would imagine their creative juices weren't quite flowing the way they had before.

Plus Jerry seemed to really thrive with Grisman in the early 90s and I'm sure that made him lose his focus on the Dead.

Let's face it. We all may disagree on exactly what was the best period of the Grateful Dead's career but I don't know many that would say it was the 90s...and that means the whole band...not just Phil and Bobby. I don't think anyone but Jerry lost the chops and he still had them in the very early 90s. Listen the the Garcia Grisman stuff from then. I think they were just tired.

On a positive note Bobby and Phil seem to be having a great time in Furthur and the energy is palpable. Can't wait for Jones Beach and SPAC.